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CAN’s Lotterywest Story Street program kicked off in 2019 with tailored community arts projects that provided safe spaces for underrepresented (CaLD) communities to participate in the arts, share stories and express identity. Between September and December 2019, eighteen Lotterywest Story Street projects took place across the Cities of Stirling, Canning and Wanneroo, Between September and December 2019, eighteen Lotterywest Story Street projects took place across the Cities of Stirling, Canning and Wanneroo, encouraging community connections within and between cultures to grow, as well as increased understanding of culture, race and solidarity. 

Across 2020 and 2021, the Lotterywest Story Street program is continuing with these fantastic wonderful projects outlined below, which aim to foster community connections within and between cultures and increased understanding of culture, race and solidarity.


*Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD): 

For the purposes of this project, the term Culturally and Linguistically Diverse refers to people who are first, second or third generation migrants or members of ethnic communities. This includes people who may self-identify or engage with the languages, customs and cultural specificities of ancestral heritages that differ from those of Anglo-Australians. Other terms that our communities identify with may include Person of Colour (POC), People of the Global South, migrant, refugee and Non-English speaking backgrounds. (Source: Diversity Arts Australia’s definition of this term)

ROOTED IN FREEDOM

CAN x Soul Alphabet
For Black women by Black women

Rooted in Freedom is an exciting new series of writing workshops which hopes to inspire young Bla(c)k women aged between 16 and 28 to explore how race and gender construct the world they live in and how to honour their freedom and express themselves authentically through the written word.

Local writers lead three workshops, sourcing inspiration from poems, essays and extracts from Maar Bidi and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. Participants learnt how to identify, analyse and create their own autobiographical narratives.

This led to the publication of the Rooted in Freedom book. Rooted in Freedom honours the expressions of Bla(c)k women writers currently residing within the Bibbulmun Nation. This collective body of work navigates the intersections between race, gender, personal narrative and the longing for freedom.

This book is a celebration of Bla(c)k literature, a call for collective liberation and an offering of gratitude to the work of other Bla(c)k women who came before.

Image Credit: Tasha Faye

Read the book here


MAN ON!

CAN x Teatro Latinx
Latinx Community

Teatro Latinx was a highlight of the Lotterywest Story Street program in 2019. Latinx artists with skills in storytelling, performance, writing and public speaking worked alongside a group of Perth-based Latin American women to tell their stories, and share them with the wider community during a multimedia performance featuring puppets, projection and audio recordings at the Beaufort Street Community Centre.

In 2021, Teatro Latinx is produced Man On! with the local Latinx community. Drawing inspiration from the personal experiences of Latinx migrants navigating the temporary visa system and Australia’s constantly changing migration policies, Man On! built a theatrical football game that will inspire contemplation and conversation.

The Man On! performance happened on 10 April at Herb Graham.

Keep updated with Teatro Latinx by following their Facebook page.
Image Credit: Evelyn Vargas

Connect with Teatro Latinx


ALWATAN TO HOME

CAN x City of Stirling x Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
Arabic-speaking community

The Alwatan to Home project sought to create a welcoming space for women from Arabic-speaking backgrounds to share their experiences of leaving the place they once called home, alwatan, and making a new life on Noongar country. Textile/embroidery artist Susie Vickery and jewellery-maker Sultana Shamshi supported the women to unpack their deeply personal journeys and translate them to an embroidered artwork.

CAN is working with the community to present these completed works widely.

Image Credit: Michelle Troop


 

Between September to December 2019, twenty-eight events took place in various venues across the cities of Canning, Stirling and Wanneroo. In total, 500 participants from fifty-one CaLD communities came together at Story Street workshops and events to share stories, conversations and food.

CLICK WORLD
These workshops combined storytelling with coding skills and aimed
to empower diverse voices to create their own platform to share their stories, art, or any form of cultural expression. Designed for young people who were new to coding and wanted to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, participants were guided through three main projects: using a random generator to make different storylines, making a HTML world that they had to click through to explore, and using Glitch to store the projects that the participants created.
TEATRO LATINX
Latinx artists with skills in storytelling, performance, writing and public speaking worked alongside a group of Perth-based Latin American women who wanted to develop and share their stories with the community. After four months of connecting, learning and growing together, the Teatro Latinx participants shared their stories with
the community in a live performance in November 2019 which was attended by approximately 55 people.
FILIPINO PLEASE
This program provided an opportunity for Filipino/Filipinx people of Perth to come together and share their stories in a series of gatherings across the participating local government areas. By bringing people together through imagination and creativity to share their personal stories, Filipino Please built and strengthened ties within the diverse Filipino diaspora.
INTERCULTURAL YOUNG CREATIVES OF WA MEETUP
This was an opportunity for intercultural artists to meet in a safe, respectful and empowering gathering to share their creative practices, inspirations, and art opportunities with each other. This event was delivered in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Interests.EMBODIED DANCE NIGHTSEmbodied aimed to foster connection to bodies and identities through dance, movement, physical play, and readings. It explored the ways in which bodies are racialised, and sought to provide a safe space to express empowerment and free expression of movement.
BETWEEN CULTURES
These workshops explored multiracial identities and notions of belonging to more than one culture. They unpacked as a group the difficulties of navigating identity through dialogue, illustration and arts.
POT-LUCK BOOK PARTY
These events encouraged participants to read writers from CaLD backgrounds. Each participant brought along their favourite book by a CaLD author, or a book published in a language other than English, and shared why they loved the book with one another.
BUILDING SHELVES, BUILDING COMMUNITY
In this workshop, participants were guided through building shelves on wheels for the Story Street travelling library. Janet Carter and Aisyah Aaqil Sumito taught participants practical wood-working and building skills. All resources and materials were provided and the artists used the opportunity to lead a discussion about building communities.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Refugee Rights Action Network WA hosted a communal gathering, sharing stories that highlighted the importance of International Human Rights Day.
OWN VOICES STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
This two-day intercultural celebration of storytelling took place at the Girrawheen Hub and included children’s stories, art, philosophy, poetry, zines, intercultural connections, and local food. ‘Own Voices’ refers to a literary movement where the authors who belong to marginalised groups create or tell stories which are based on their own identities.

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